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Chinese Traditional Music Enchants Foreigners

Updated: 2019-07-29

A Chinese traditional music appreciation activity was launched at the Changsha Harmonization+ Library on July 28. It was hosted by the Hunan Library, and the Changsha Yuhua District Cultural, Tourism, and Sports Bureau. More than 150 music lovers from over 30 countries participated. They learnt about Chinese musical instruments, appreciated Chinese musical masterpieces, listened to legendary stories, tasted Chinese tea, and read Chinese poems.

All the foreign participators were members of the Hunan Library Chinese Corner. They had participated in various Chinese and Hunanese cultural activities, such as Peking opera and Chinese intangible cultural heritage. Such cultural activities are always popular among the foreign friends. Whenever it was held, the tickets were “seckilled”.

Many Chinese classical music pieces were played on the site, including Pipa solo “Ambushed (十面埋伏)”, Gu Zheng solo “A Moonlit Night on the Spring River (春江花月夜)”, and Dizi solo “Spring Comes to Xiangjiang River (春到湘江)”. Chinese famous essays and poems were read to present Chinese culture’s unique charm, such as “A Moonlit Night on the Spring River”, “Prelude to Water Melody – Sent to Ziyou on Mid-autumn Festival (水调歌头·明月几时有)”, and “Tune: The River All Red (满江红)”. Beyond that, Chinese tea culture, and flower arrangement were organized to enable the foreign participators to taste Chinese culture from different aspects. The foreigners all showed great interests and tried their hands at the musical instruments under the instruction of the performers.

Wahyuni Puspita Mardy, a Central South University graduate from Indonesia, learns to play Hulusi. (Photo/Wang Haohao)

Ai Ying, an American teacher in Changsha, tries her hands at flower arrangement. (Photo/Wang Haohao)


A foreign participator plays Erhu. (Photo/Wang Haohao)

Cultural information:
Pipa: 琵琶 in Chinese, is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, belonging to the plucked category of instruments. Sometimes it is called the Chinese lute.
Guzheng: 古筝 in Chinese, is a plucked string instrument that is part of the zither family.
Dizi: 笛子 in Chinese, is a Chinese transverse flute.
Hulusi: or cucurbit flute, 葫芦丝 in Chinese, is a free reed wind instrument.
Erhu: 二胡 in Chinese, is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a Southern Fiddle, and sometimes known in the Western world as the Chinese violin or a Chinese two-stringed fiddle.

More details for the coming events, please contact Hunan Library.
Hunan Library Chinese Corner Details at:

Add.: No.169, North Shaoshan Road, Changsha City, Hunan Province
Tel: 0731-84129413, 84174128

Source: enghunan.gov.cn